white spruce


Definition of white spruce

1 : any of several spruces especially : a widely distributed spruce (Picea glauca) of coniferous forests of Canada and the northern U.S. that has short stiff blue-green needles and slender cones — see cone illustration
2 : the wood of a white spruce especially : the light pale tough straight-grained wood of the common white spruce (Picea glauca) used especially for construction and as a source of paper pulp

Examples of white spruce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edwards looked at core samples from white spruce trees living in the wilds of Mancha Creek, which flows into the Firth River near the Alaska/Yukon border, and growing on the flanks of Sukakpak Mountain, near Coldfoot. Anchorage Daily News, "“Active mass movements” are increasing along the Denali Park road — and may bury it," 18 Jan. 2020 Brule River State Forest, Brule: Evergreens in this forest in Douglas County include white pine, white spruce and balsam fir. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how and where you can cut down a Christmas tree in a Wisconsin forest," 27 Nov. 2019 Birch, quaking aspen, white spruce, Sitka spruce, native trees. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Our spruce trees are dying. We need to talk about what happens next.," 30 Aug. 2019 Of the species of woods used for log homes, this one has the lightest color and is sometimes called white spruce. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$950K log home is on 5 acres in Genoa Township gated community," 24 Oct. 2019 In the northernmost boreal forests of Alaska, where trees and tundra meet, Griffin and his students have installed thirty-six dendrometers on white spruce trees. M. R. O’connor, The New Yorker, "A Day in the Life of a Tree," 27 Aug. 2019 Researchers found that tossing 600,000 pounds of dead sockeye salmon onto a stream bank over twenty years encouraged the growth of white spruce. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Jan. 2019 Then there were the locals, the family of ravens screaming from a white spruce not far from the race start. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 Regional replanting can include up to 19 native species, from white spruce and jack pine to hemlock and Douglas fir. Luc Forsyth, National Geographic, "For Cash and Pride, Replanting Canada's Forests by the Millions," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of white spruce

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“White spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20spruce. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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